Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dragon Update!

He's coming along!!  I'm getting really excited about him now.

Today I got his eyes placed and put in, and sewed on his eyelids.  I also got his head spines made and sewn in.  I knew I wanted to do this eye style as soon as I had the idea to do a dragon.  And although I've seen a lot of great artists use it (here) (here) (here), I've never tried it before so I was kinda scared I wouldn't know what the heck I was doing.  And I didn't.  But a lot of pre-thinking and pre-positioning before getting my needle and thread out - and everything worked perfectly!  I'm really happy with the results.

Here, he kinda looks a bit warthog-y.  :)

His little toofers are sticking out funny and his nose is a bit scrunchy.  It's hard to get a good shot of a 3-D creature when he's still in 2-D form. But you get a good idea.  :)  I can't wait til he's all sewn up and I can start stuffing him!!

Next will be creating the wing pattern and putting some serious though into whether I'll be able to make my idea work or not...eek!  My problem is - how do you attach wings where there is no seam?  I'm thinking of just cutting a hole in the right spot, coating it with fray-check, and putting the wings in with a cardboard rod (like from the dry-cleaner's hangers) inserted into both the wing and the body.  I'd hide the hole, then, with a tube-ish, joint, similar to how his lips look, wrapped around the wing base.  Alright fellow plushie-heads - whatdya think?

Music I'm Diggin Right Now

These guys aren't super new or anything.  And they've gotten on mainstream radio stations too recently so you may have already heard this.  But in case you haven't, I hope you love it. :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

It's pretty Gnomey in here

What I'm really good at:

Making a huge mess.  Not even in the the livingroom.  (Don't tell Jon.)

What I'm not so good at: apparently blogging.  Can you believe it's been almost a whole week since I've posted?!  Sorry bout that.  I've been up to my elbows in gnomes and class (I'm in a small business course this semester).  

Wanna know what else I'm good at?  Seam ripping.  Seriously.  Why can't I just do something right the first time?  It'd be a whole lot easier.  *Sigh*

On the plus side, I did get another gnome done just last night.  And I'm working on another this morning before I have to get ready to head out to a grad party for one of Jon's cousins.  And it's such a gorgeous day for one!  Glad it finally dried up a bit around here.  It feels like it's been non-stop mist/rain/drizzle all week.  Anyway, here's the gnomies!

If I ever take a break from making them, I'll get these guys up in the shop. ;)

PS: The poll results are in!  Looks like I'll be giving away.......earrings!  I think I also might do a brooch though because that was a close second choice.  I'll be working on those too then, and the giveaway will start on my bloggy anniversary (7/3/11).  Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A New Line of Plush!!!

I've been working on a new line of plushies for the past few days and I'm really excited about them!  I think they're pretty neato (and I hope you do too).  I have visions of a whoooole mess of them all lined up - all different colors and sizes.  For now though, I present to you...Percival the Gnome!

I've got a couple others almost done too.  But Percival's the first all-the-way-done gnome. :)  They'll all be available in the shop soon!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

No Yolk!

You'll never guess what happened this morning when Jon was making us french toast!!  Not one....but TWO double yolked eggs in a row!  No joke!

Have you ever seen such a thing?  I think I must have at some point seen a double yolk in my life....but two in a row!  Craaaazy.

PS: I'm working on a new line of plushies.  So excited about it.  I'll be back to share soon!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pooknflip is now on Facebook!

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 Just a heads up for all you Facebookers out there - Pooknflip Productions now has a FB Fan page!  So if you would like the latest & greatest updates on all things Pooknflip, you can click my "Like" button over on the left hand side of the blog.  (We're getting a lot of left side action here lately, aren't we?)  I'll be sharing things like giveaways, sales, business updates - whatever.  So I'd say it's the place to be!  And if you love you some Pooknflip like I love me some Pooknflip ;) tell a friend and share that love!  Thanks guys!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Nobody Nose the Trouble I've Seeeeen...

This dragon sure is taking me a heck of a long time.  But I'm starting to like him more and more.  Actually I'm starting to really love him.  He's less daunting at this point and a lot more just super cool.  And now he's got a nose. :)

(Oh! PS: Reached 100 followers today!  Welcome to all you new lovelies - thanks for comin by!)

Monday, June 13, 2011


Photo credit: Obey via Smashing Magazine.
Just in case you haven't noticed, I'd like to call your attention to the little Poll I've placed on the left side of the blog.

Your left.  Well, my left too.  Um....

<-------------------- over there.

If you're interested, cast your vote for what you'd like the prize to be in my upcoming giveaway for the blog's one year anniversary.  Woohoo!   Voting closes on the 23rd.  Giveaway starts July 3rd.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Textural Trip

Our recent trip to a nearby nursery to plan for this summer's landscaping.  On this particular trip, I found the different textures kinda fascinating.

We're in the market for a couple of large trees for the yard.  The oaks were beautiful  And they feel absolutely stoic and wise in your hands. 
These were really pretty.  Something from the willow family.
These were awesome!  Look at those little branch buds.  So cute.  Against the pebble-covered ground, the texture in this pic is really cool.  My fav. :)
Love those little helicopters.
Such a pretty little wildflowery section.  Spikey and ferny looking.
Any cool landscaping plans for your yard yet?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Jess of Winnifred's Daughter - An Artisan Interview

Another super talented artist whose work I adore.  Please allow me to introduce, Jess of Winnifred's Daughter.  She is a fellow plushie, or softie, artist with a very unique style.  I wish I lived in Australia so I could go visit her at her booth to see more of her stuff - especially these art dolls! (which, btw are not listed in the shop...holding out on us, huh Jess?) ;)  I can't get enough!


First of all, I have to be a total geek and ask you how it is to live in Australia!  Is it hot all the time?  Do you have tons of poisonous, scary creatures crawling all about?  Are you an awesome surfer?  (Please excuse my total stereotypical-ness.  I’m clueless and it seems so cool there - and full of great artists, by the way!)

I was born in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia in 1986 - so am an Aussie through and through.  We moved to beautiful Queensland about 13 years ago and since being here, have discovered what a beautiful (and inspiring) place it is to live. I DO have many weird and wonderful creepy crawlies in my backyard, but with those also come Wallabies (a small relative of the Kangaroo), Possums, Green Tree Frogs and we even saw our first Koala the other day (whom we've affectionately named Henry).  My house is about 15 minutes from the ocean and beaches, but I must confess I am not a keen surfer.  It is super hot in summer, but we are in winter now, which is a cosy crisp relief. I have found the Gold Coast a great place to be situated in my crafty business venture - I have been extremely fortunate to have met a number of fabulous artists and crafters all working to keep the craft scene alive.


Is there a story behind your shop name, “Winnifred’s Daughter”?

Ever since forever my sister and I have experienced craft trade shows, markets, gallery exhibitions due to my mum's keen interest and artistic abilities.   When titling my business, I was keen to find a name that reflected (and paid testament to) the fact that all of my craft and sewing skills were taught to me by my mother.  The name 'Winnifreds Daughter' came from a nickname my uncle gave to my mum when he was a child (he couldn't quite say 'Jennifer' so he called her 'Winnie' instead).  So therefore I am actually Winnifred’s Daughter.


How did you come to be an artist?  Did you have some pivotal point of inspiration in your life or was it a more organic path that brought you to where you are?

Art and craft has always been a part of my life (I know that’s sounds like a cliché but I have fellow crafty family members that will testify that in my case it’s actually true).

The years between finishing high school and now at the ripe old age of 25, seem to have flown by (on a pair of blanket stitched wings).  When I began fantasizing the notion that I could start my own business, I realised that everything I had learned from my million former vocations had lead me to and directly contributed to me actually being able to pull it off.  All forms of my creative ‘knowledge-ness’ seem to be inextricably intertwined. 

I was always known as the ‘arty farty’ girl at school (by friends, foes and strangers alike) and after majoring mostly in arts subjects, I decided that any form of tertiary education should take me strictly in the direction of following my lifelong dream of working in film and television.  I was overjoyed at being accepted into film school and after completing a two year Diploma of Screen, felt I had gained enough knowledge to get out there amongst the industry.  I worked on a freelance basis (an up and downside to filmmaking) for numerous feature and short films, music video and corporate productions.  Though the launch into my chosen career was well and truly underway, my desire for creating things on a day to day basis still seemed neglected.   In 2006, I decided to give makeup school a try and stayed there for a further year to study.

With these additional skills under my belt, I continued to work in various areas of the film, television, theatre and makeup industries.  I remember this as a very artistic time.  I did illustrating work, lots of inventive makeup jobs and was a member of the Art Department for the filming of a local children's program (an unforgettably exciting experience).

Having formed a little production company with some uni buddies, I was given the opportunity to write, produce and direct my very own debut short film (a long time goal which was finally fulfilled in late 2008). 

I was still working in film but was getting more and more involved in visual arts (having also taken up a part time administration and marketing job to bring in the mullah) when a magazine article changed my life.   It was about crafters and artists using the internet to market and sell their wares and listed a website called Etsy (which at that point I had never heard of).  I decided to do some investigating and visited this mysterious Etsy site.  I couldn’t believe it! There in front of me were thousands of stores for me to visit created by folk with art and craft on the brain JUST LIKE ME!  All in the space of two days, a brand new inspiration had taken hold, and so far, it has not let go.

After a year of preparation and planning, Winnifreds Daughter was born.   It has been a wonderfully rewarding experience to create my own little art and craft business and I’m constantly learning more about the industry.  I find the most exciting part about having my own business is knowing that there are no boundaries to what I can do and where it can go.  It’s a challenge to make my products better, build my brand and to bring to fruition the countless ideas I have wafting around in my head.   And the best bit - I get to be crafty and creative every day.

You mention in your profile on Etsy that your shop is your “latest little adventure into being creative”. What other things do you like to do, or have you done in the past, as an artist?

Oh my goodness - you name it, I've tried it!  Painting, photography, sculpture, film, writing (even quilting!!!!) I shall not continue!!!  It is only recently that I have been able to start incorporating some of my other crafty loves into the business.  I love photography, papercrafts, drawing and designing.  Given all the bits and bobs I have picked up along my creative journey, I am glad that I have a decent ‘know-how’ of getting ideas out of my head and into my hands.  I have found nothing more rewarding as an artist than the successful outcome of a creative idea!

The thing I always want to know most about fellow plushie-makers is, what is your process like?  Are you organized?  Spontaneous?  Do you draw out your ideas first?  Just start cutting up fabric like a mad woman?  Do tell.

Given that I also must retain a (rather un-stimulating) ‘day job’, I have a very planned out way of working on Winnifreds.  Friday is my cutting day.  I plan out all the things I need to make (whether it be new ideas, products for markets or custom orders) and pull out all the fabric, embellishments, etc., etc. so they are around me, and get to work designing and cutting at the same time.  I then use weekends and nights to sew and stuff my creations.  I have found this is the best system for me - it helps me stay on top of things.


Where do you create?  Do have a “spot”?,a room? a studio? a section of the couch? :)

I generally use the living area to create - given it's the only area big enough to spread everything out that I use (there are a lot of ‘bits' in a Winnifreds creation), but always have trays of 'cut but not sewn' products neatly organised on my bedroom floor.  All of my stash and supplies are neatly sorted into shelves and drawers in my room and I always keep an open notebook and pen beside my bed (as much as you think you'll remember that great idea you have as you're drifting off to sleep - trust me - you never do!).

Do you have any sweet, upcoming events that you'd like to share with us - either personally, or in conjunction with your Etsy teams?

I am a permanent stall holder at this fabulous local handmade market called 'The Upper Market' and next weekend am having a stall at The Pig Day Out - an event which is devoted to the awareness of dumped guinea pigs and other small creatures.  I am very excited about this (it's a cause I am passionate about) and have made 'pig' inspired wares especially for the day.  Otherwise it's just business as usual - developing new ideas and strengthening my designs and products.


Do you have any big plans for your business in the future?

My hope (and intention) for Winnifreds Daughter is that it finds a place in the crafting community locally, nationally and internationally.  I plan to continue to expand the product range and explore other forms of merchandise development and make my brand the best it can be.  We are slowly building a steady Facebook following and being at The Upper Market each month allows us to connect with other crafters and get out there.  As long as my creative juices are permitted to flow, I shall remain content.


What do you think folks?  I friggin love Winnifred's Daughter.  And Jess.  So very cool.  Great plushies and she's such a sweet and creative girl. Definitely check out her Facebook page as well as her shop - there's a lot of pictures/products on both.  And if you're a "tweeter" - here's her Twitter page.  Thanks for joining me for another Artisan Interview!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Guest Blogging at RadMegan's today!!

Hi guys!  I'm a guest blogger over at the lovely lovely lovely Megan's blog today - In Words and Pictures.  If you've never been to her blog, you should visit anyway because it's awesome.  But you should especially visit today because I'm posting over there this morning while she is on a creative journey in Europe somewhere doing fabulous things.

Without further ado, here is my post!  Let me know what you think!

PS: Sidenote - I'm very excited to be having my first giveaway in about one month's time for my one year blogging anniversary!  Any fabulous prize suggestions??  I can't decide if it should be crafting supplies, a pair of earrings, maybe a brooch or something....  Whaddya think?

PPS: What are you still doing here?!? Get outta here and check out my guest post! ;)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Funday

It was such a beautiful, fun day today!  I got up bright and, well, it was bright anyway...and headed back out to the estate sale to see if I could catch some good deals.

I found that this estate sale company was kinda generally overpriced to begin with.  And apparently they don't have any desire to get rid of all they're trying to sell because their "deal day" was not that much of a deal.  50% off the "stuff" was good - but only 25% off furniture...with no wheeling dealing room?  Whatever.  The big stuff I went back for was pretty much gone anyway.  I figured it would be though.  So no biggie.  :)

I did find some good stuff though!  Here are my finds from both days:

Look at that great cobbler's stand!  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it - but I just thought it was cool.  Maybe we'll do something in the garden with it...?  And that circular frame thing you see is a canning device - it's used for putting the jars in the pot and taking them out again without having to touch them.

Some cool old food stuffs tins.  Don't you love the graphics?  Especially on the Blum's "Lumps and Bumps" licorice one.  And a great open salt dish.  I love the color and all the cuts & shapes in the glass.

I just love this girl.  I've only recently started to notice these pre-printed plush dolls.  I've seen some really cute ones on Etsy.  I love her little patchwork dress.

And guess what I found hidden away in the same room as this ^ cutie?

Can you believe it?  He's so cool!  I've never seen one before.  I mean, outside of online or old magazines, etc.  I think he's going to end up in the shop.  I'm sure he'll make some crafty craftress very happy.  So stay tuned to the shop!  Speaking of, I've added a few things in there lately, so if you haven't been recently - go check it out!

And now for the MOST fun part of my Sunday funday!  My absolute bestie, Kristin, came over with her baby, Taylor!  Here she is with her little monkey self in her bumbo watching us make lunch.

Aaaaack!  The cuteness!!!  She's so adorable and I just love her little face.  After we had lunch and she had her bottle, we went out for some fun in the sun.  Well, fun in the shade, in the sun.  It was a hot one here today!  But in the shade it was actually quite nice.

We blew bubbles and put our feet in the grass and almost rolled onto our tummy!  And then "we" got real cranky and had to go in and take a nap.  Love that little munchkin.  Thanks so much for coming to see me girls!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Playin' hooky for estate sales

Hee hee!  Shhhh.  ;)  There was an estate sale I just had to go to yesterday.  I took some personal time...and headed on out super early to get first picks.  I pulled up, got a number, and a spot...

The view from my parking spot.
...pulled out some homework...

I'm taking a business class this semester.
...and waited for them to open.  I'm still new to this whole thing, so I kinda missed the starting gun.  :(  They started letting people into the outbuildings - which is what I was most interested in anyway - before the house - which is what the numbers were for apparently.

I missed out on a couple items (it was really a delay of maybe 3 minutes - geesh!) but that's okay.  I'm learning! :)  It's every man for himself and don't wait in your car too long.  I was trying not to be rude by hanging about the doors 1/2 hour before opening time since I had a number.  Well, now I know!  I haven't been to a lot of these things this early.  I prefer to just wander in whenever the mood strikes.

I plan on going again either tomorrow (today?) or Sunday to see if I can get any super good deals.  So I'll come back with more pics and share what I brought home then.  What about you?  Do you "estate sale"?

Thursday, June 2, 2011